Norwegian drilling contractor Odfjell Drilling has taken over platform drilling and maintenance operations at ConocoPhillips' Ekofisk Area in the North Sea, offshore Norway.
The move follows a contract signed between the two parties in December 2019 for Platform Drilling and Maintenance and Minor Modifications for ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS.
The contract work includes drilling operations, work-over campaigns, P&A activities and all preventative and corrective maintenance of ConocoPhillips’ drilling facilities on three offshore platforms in the Greater Ekofisk Area.
"We are thrilled to take over the drilling and maintenance contract for Greater Ekofisk area for ConocoPhillips. EVP Platform Drilling Elisabeth Haram wishes a warm welcome to the 170 colleagues now joining Odfjell Drilling. Together we will continue delivering safe and efficient operations," Odfjell Drilling said in a social media post on Wednesday.
The contract period is for five years, with two thee-year extension options.
The Greater Ekofisk Area, located approximately 200 miles offshore Stavanger, Norway, is comprised of three producing fields: Ekofisk, Eldfisk and Embla.
Oil is exported to Teesside, England, and the natural gas is exported to Emden, Germany.
The Ekofisk and Eldfisk fields consist of several production platforms. Water injection has resulted in increases in both production and recoverable reserves.
According to ConocoPhillips, continued development drilling in the Greater Ekofisk Area is expected to contribute additional production over the coming years as new wells come online.